Regular exercise is also crucial for boosting your lifespan. Everyone should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week.
Making some small dietary changes could also help to increase your life expectancy.
You could raise your chances of developing bowel cancer by eating red or processed meats, nutritionists have warned.
Bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers to be diagnosed in the UK.
Most cases arise from polyp growths in the bowel, and around 40,000 new cases are diagnosed every year in the UK.
You could lower your risk of bowel cancer by avoiding red and process meats, said dietitian Juliette Kellow, and nutritionist Dr Sarah Brewer.
“The digestive tract is designed to extract all the goodness from our diet,” they said in their book, ‘Eat Better Live Longer – Understand What Your Body Needs To Stay Healthy’.
“Each part of the gut is functionally different and responds better to certain foods.
“Fibre-rich foods and probiotics promote gut health, while refined foods are linked to disease.
“Limit red meat to no more than 500g a week and avoid processed meat altogether.
“Both are linked to a higher risk of bowel cancer. Processed meat has also been shown to increase the risk of stomach cancer.”
You could also lower your risk of bowel cancer by eating nuts, added the nutritionists.
Everyone should aim to eat a single serving of nuts every day – about the equivalent to around 28g.
They contain minerals, phytochemical and essential fats that keep the heart healthy and prevent bowel cancer.
Common bowel cancer symptoms include finding blood in your stools, a persistent change in bowel habit, and having constant tummy aches.
Most people with these symptoms won’t have bowel cancer, and they’re more likely to be caused by something less serious.
But, it’s still important to speak to a doctor if you’re worried about the signs or symptoms of bowel cancer.
Almost 90 per cent of all bowel cancer cases are diagnosed in people over 60 years old.
You’re more at risk of the disease if you have a family history of bowel cancer, if you’re overweight, or if you don’t do enough exercise.
Published at Mon, 26 Nov 2018 11:19:00 +0000